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Record number 533608
Title De-colonizing water. Dispossession, water insecurity, and Indigenous claims for resources, authority, and territory
Author(s) Hidalgo, Jean Pablo; Boelens, R.A.; Vos, Jeroen
Source Water History 9 (2017). - ISSN 1877-7236 - p. 67 - 85.
Department(s) Water Resources Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Abstract Set against the background of struggles for territory, livelihood, and dignified
existence in Latin America’s neoliberal conjuncture, this paper examines contemporary Andean Indigenous claims for water access and control rights based on historical arguments.
In the case of the Acequia Tabacundo irrigation system in the north-Ecuadorian
Highlands, the rights claims deployed in peasant-Indigenous struggles are cultural and social hybrids. They are rooted in Indigenous history, but also spawned by centuries of interaction with and defense against colonial and post-colonial frames imposed by the Spanish Empire, modern Ecuadorian State structures and influences of transnational capital.
Through these conflicts over Indigenous water rights, authority, and identity, this
article illustrates and examines the role of Indigenous accounts of their water histories, striving to reclaim, and govern their water territories in times of booming export-flower water extraction.
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